Man prosecuted by council for fly-tipping offences

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Posted on: 16 January 2018

North Devon Council has successfully prosecuted a local man for two offences of fly-tipping.

Mr Darren Elder from Bratton Fleming pleaded guilty to both charges of fly-tipping under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at North and East Devon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 11 January 2018. He was convicted and ordered to pay £3059 in costs by the court.

Mr Elder was identified by the council’s enforcement officers through the fly-tipped waste he dumped on the outskirts of Bratton Fleming whilst renovating his property.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann says: “Fly-tipping is an anti-social crime, which costs councils millions of pounds a year to deal with. We are lucky to live in an area as beautiful as North Devon, and we each have an individual responsibility to keep it that way. This includes disposing of our waste in a legal and responsible way. It is disappointing that there’s a minority of residents who want to save themselves the cost of doing so by fly-tipping their waste, leaving the taxpayer or landowner to foot the bill. I hope this prosecution sends a clear message that we take a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping, and it will cost anyone who is caught committing this offence a lot more than it would to dispose of waste legally.”

To report littering, fly-tipping or other environmental offences please contact You can also report incidents on the council’s website

1 comment on “Man prosecuted by council for fly-tipping offences

  1. Charles Frederic Morgan says:

    Good. But I fear it’s the tip of the iceberg. I regularly use the Connon Down Recycling Centre near Liskeard but I can guarantee you’ll see signs of fly tipping at any layby or pull-off within a mile of it. I’ve even seen waste chucked over the walls and hedges of the nearby beautiful Boconnoc Estate. WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THESE PEOPLE? Mr Darren Elder may have been named, but was he also SHAMED, and has he learned his lesson? Time for no tolerance and CCTV, sensors and volunteer wardens at some of the hot-spots perhaps.

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